I was immersed in the book from the beginning. while by the end the surprise ending was not so much a surprise, the writing was fantastic and kept me in suspense.
Say something about yourself!
Yes, but not right away, it is very intense. Almost keeps you agitated.
Eva, she is extremely self centered and critical yet you begin to empathize with her. She is out of her league with her own son. Excellent writing!
Can't pick one, the whole book kept my attention.
A Troubled Child.
Yes. It was the rare book that sucks you in and won't let go.
Eva. Being a mother gave me the compassion this woman deserved.
I've never listened to her previously but she was very enjoyable. She did a great job.
Kevin of course!
My only complaint was the non-stop use of .25 cent words. It got obnoxious. The author tried way too hard to show the listener that he had a vast vocabulary. I would have given it five stars were it not for that. It started detracting from the story. For example, instead of "I had a feeling...." it was "I intuited...." and so on.
Ready for the next stage.
Yes. We all tend to blame ourselves when our kids aren't perfect. This books reminds us to forgive ourselves, trust our instincts and let go of control.
The small, sad surprise at the end.
The tone and timber of her voice matched the description of the character.
Wow! Incredible book! The story is unique, chilling, and emotional. There are twists that I couldn't predict until much later, and the characters are compelling. This was definitely a page-turner - probably the most compelling book I've read in 5 years. I couldn't put it down!
No-I would not listen to this again but based on the reviews I knew I had to read it. As a mother of a young son and daughter it scared me. This is very realistic and shows that in certain circumstances, and as we are all learning as parents, there sometimes is nothing you can do to prevent a disaster. Torn between a mothers love and a sons demons.
The mother-she has the worst time trying to appease all sides and had no control no matter how much she tried. Did she contribute to his behavior-or was he born that way.
the name is perfect-regardless if her husband would take her seriously or not.
I rented the movie as one other reviewer mentioned to do. It did help put closure to the book for me. The movie is probably one of the truest to book movies. I was way more emotional with the book-read it first. I agree with other reviewers that this is a book that is well written and should be read-it stays with you-i'm not sure I'll ever forget it. I can't say I loved the book-but worth reading.
What an incredible, horrible book. I couldn't stop listening to it. Lionel Shriver's writing is captivating and riveting. And Coleen Marlo's narration is wonderful. The book starts out a little slow but, enter Kevin, and hold on. Great book.
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
Lionel Shriver is able to beautifully portray the complexities of parenthood. His understanding of the psyche of the mother is astounding and compelling. I identified with the woman and found myself often thinking, "I've thought that before but could never have put it into words." This book is an interesting study and well crafted story of parenting and of marriage/family dynamics while providing an interesting perspective on the development of a "bad seed" child.
It was beautifully and bravely written.
The voice of the mother, who is the narrator and main protagonist was sad and strong and honest.
Coleen Marlo was incredible—as though she'd written the book herself.
This is definitely in the top 3. The story isn't action packed, so if that's what you are into, you won't find it here. But you will be reeling from start to finish. A LOT happens and it's a lot to take in. Excellently written and performed.
This book made me gasp several times. It's somewhat shocking, but very timely and relevant to today's society. You find yourself completely engrossed in this woman's life.
If you're pregnant or about to have a kid...you might not want to listen to this.